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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Road Trip!

I'll pay for gas if you'll pay for snacks - it's road trip time! Fulfill the "Read a book about a journey" Broader Bookshelf prompt with one of these fiction and nonfiction road trip books!  (Okay, so one of them is on a riverboat - Huckleberry Finn is still definitely a road trip book.)     Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Horror for the Easily Frightened

So you saw that we're asking you to read a horror book for this year's reading challenge, and your immediate response was "nope, not this fraidy cat!"  If you don't read horror because you don't want to be too scared, here are a few options for you.  Some are older classics, which tend to be a little less scary to modern eyes, and some are modern books with a lower chill factor.  Keep in mind that horror is subjective - what's terrifying to one person doesn't even move the needle for another, so your mileage may vary!
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LibraryReads for February 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in February 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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BroaderBookshelf 2022 400+ Page Journeys

Double-down on your BroaderBookshelf challenge and fulfill the "read a book over 400 pages long" prompt AND the "read a fiction or nonfiction book about a journey" prompt with these titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Romance Novels by Authors of Color

Whether you are looking for something to read while getting cozy by the fire, or catching some rays at the beach, these books are sure to heat things up. 
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Horror with Zombies

Do you like your books to have brrrrains?  Perhaps a little bite?  This list has all kinds of zombies - fast zombies, slow zombies, disease zombies, magic zombies, any kind of zombie you want. Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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Trombone Shorty and Other Jazz Greats

A belated 'happy birthday' to Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, and a list of great jazz books from the Children's Room.

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BroaderBookshelf 2022 400+ Page Memoirs

Fulfill the "read a book over 400 pages long" prompt with these memoirs. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Teen Mermaids & Sirens

Stories of mermaids and sirens are prevalent in myths and legends all around the world. Dive into some YA titles about living below water, iridescent scales of all colors, and the alluring appeal of these mythical beings.
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RM's Reading List

Kim Namjoon, also known by his stage name RM, is the leader of the worldwide famous K-pop group BTS. Beyond being a talented rapper, creative songwriter/producer, team mentor, and impressive dancer, he is also an avid reader. Below is a list of reading recommendations he has shared spanning across genres and countries of origin.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - The Horror of Final Girls

What's a final girl?  In a horror movie, usually in slasher films, the final girl is the last survivor who confronts the killer and usually lives to tell the tale.  Think Laurie Strode from Halloween, Nancy Thompson from A Nightmare on Elm Street, and even Ellen Ripley from Alien.  They exist in books too - and there's a bit of a trend lately of books with characters meta-aware of the trope.  Check out this list of horror books with tough ladies who fight back.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022: 400+ Page Westerns

Fulfill the "read a book over 400 pages long" prompt with these westerns. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#OwnVoices: Middle Grade Books of 2021

While it is important for young children to see themselves in pictures books, it is equally important for older children to relate to the characters in the books they read. Below you can find a list of #OwnVoices books released in 2021 and written by African American authors for older children.
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Great Books for Ages 3, 4, 5

"Night after night, Little Star took tiny nibble after tiny nibble of the Big Mooncake."--A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin Preschoolers are listening to longer books and asking LOTS of questions.  They are growing their independence along with their attention spans.  Bring your book lover to Richland Library and pick up one of these terrific titles today.  
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Great Books for Toddlers

"Monsters straight ahead!  Watch out for the yellow rubber ducky!"--Off to See the Sea by Nikki Grimes Toddlers are on the move, but they still love a good story.  They're learning new words every day and will ask to hear their favorite book again and again (and again).  Check out some of these toddler-tested titles to share with your mover and shaker.  
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Great Books for Babies

"You see a bustling city.  I see adventure ahead!"--You See, I See: In the City by Michelle Sinclair Colman Snuggled in your lap, babies love books with photographs, simple, bright illustrations, rhyming and the sound of your voice.  Find your little one's new favorite story from our list of books to share.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Classic Horror

If you want to understand where any genre is going, you have to understand where it's been.  This list of classic horror novels (arbitrary cutoff: pre-Stephen King) includes a little bit of everything: psychological thrillers, sexy vampires, cosmic horror, haunted houses, and of course g-g-g-ghosts! Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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Young Adult Book To Movie Adaptations

Is the book always better than the movie? What if the book is young adult fiction? Sometimes the author's voice is too unique on paper to be translated to the silver screen. Or can actors and visual style add a fresh, new angle? Reading and then watching a story (or vice versa) can lead to interesting insights about what makes one version of a story better... or worse.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022: Levar Burton's Book Club

Check out this list of picks from Levar Burton's Book Club. The latest pick is Deacon King Kong by James McBride Fulfill the "read a book from a celebrity book club" prompt with these titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022: African Authors

Fulfill the prompt, "Read a book by an author from an African nation" with one of these engaging books. Find out more information about the #BroaderBookshelf challenge here. Need more suggestions? Fill out a Personalized Reading Recommendation form. It's a quick and easy way to find your next favorite read. 
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New Year New Books

These are just a selection of the fabulous titles coming out in January 2022.

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#OwnVoices: Children's Books Reflection of 2021

Missed out on 2021 book releases? Don't worry, you can find #OwnVoices books published in 2021 for both younger and older children here. I don't forget to look out for what's to come in 2022!

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BroaderBookshelf 2022 400+ Page Family Sagas

Fulfill the "read a book over 400 pages long" prompt with these family sagas. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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LibraryReads for January 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in January 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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New in Biography and Memoir

Notable new releases include Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei’s 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows and Indian economist (and prolific author) Amartya Sen’s Home in the World.  Carole Angier’s
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Top Checkouts 2021: Children's eBooks 📱

Curious as to what your friends' and neighbors' children were reading in 2021? Us too!  Long story, short. It was a good year to be a wimpy kid, a teen wizard, or Dog Man.  
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Top Checkouts 2021: Children's Audiobooks 🎧

Curious as to what your friends' and neighbors' children were listening to in 2021? Us too!  Long story, short. It was a good year to be a teen with magical powers. 
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Top Checkouts 2021: Children's Fiction 📚

Curious as to what your friends' and neighbors' children were reading or being read in 2021? Long story, short. It was a good year to be Mo Willems.  
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Top Checkouts 2021: Teen Audiobooks 🎧

Curious as to what your friends and classmates were listening to in 2021? Us too!  Series seem to take top marks across teen formats this year--with lots of checkouts of The Grisha Trilogy and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series as well as older favorites like the Twilight series and The Hunger Games.  
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Top Checkouts 2021: Adult Audiobooks 🎧

Curious as to what your friends and neighbors were listening to in 2021? Us too!  No surprises here. The Four Winds, The Vanishing Half, and The Midnight Library took top honors across all adult fiction formats this year but there are lots of other titles to check out too. 
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Top Checkouts 2021: Teen Fiction 📚

Curious as to what your friends and classmates were reading in 2021? Us too!  Series seem to take top marks across teen formats this year--with lots of checkouts of The Grisha Trilogy and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series as well as older favorites like the Twilight series and The Hunger Games.  
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Top Checkouts 2021: Teen eBooks 📱

Curious as to what your friends and classmates were reading in 2021? Us too!  Series seem to take top marks across teen formats in 2021--with lots of checkouts of The Grisha Trilogy and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series as well as older favorites like the Twilight series and The Hunger Games.  
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Top Checkouts 2021: Adult eBooks 📱

Curious as to what your friends and neighbors were reading in 2021? Us too!  No surprises here. The Four Winds, The Vanishing Half, and The Midnight Library took top honors across all adult fiction formats this year but there are lots of other titles to check out too. 
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Top Checkouts 2021: Adult Fiction 📚

Curious as to what your friends and neighbors were reading, watching, and listening to in 2021? Us too!  No surprises here. The Four Winds, The Vanishing Half, and The Midnight Library took top honors across all adult fiction formats this year but there are lots of other titles to check out too. 
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Naturalist: E. O. Wilson, 1929-2021

In his long and distinguished career, scientist and author Edward O. Wilson, who died on 26 December, wrote as much for a popular audience as he did for his academic peers.  In addition to several books on ants (on which he was a world authority), he published widely on evolutionary biology and conservation.  One of his collaborations with fellow ant expert Bert Hölldobler, The Ants, won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.
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Top Checkouts of 2021

2021 ushered in a year of stellar new releases from old favorites, a barrage of debut authors, and lots of titles that broadened our bookshelves (and minds) and filled up our streaming queues. Here's a look at the top 10 books, movies, and songs by age group and format. 

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Remembering Joan Didion

Joan Didion, who died at age 87 on 23 December, astutely sized up American culture from the 1960s onward in a series of nonfiction and fiction works that met with both critical and popular acclaim.  The prolific Didion is perhaps still best known for her first two essay collections, Slouching Towards Bethlehem and Th
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35 Best Romance Books of 2021

2021 was a great year for Romances. As a romantic at heart, I was happy to see many diverse authors writing books with diverse characters falling in love. Do browse this list which includes holidays romances, hate turning to love stories, friends turning into lovers, finding love in unexpected places and much more! 
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New Business Books

This batch of new business books features some sharp corporate take-downs, including Peter Robison’s Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing and Bartow J.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - December Staff Suggestions

Find your next favorite book and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 prompt to "Read a book suggested by a Library staff member" with these personal recommendations from our colleagues!

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New in Science

Check out the latest in science writing from our collection.  Notable titles include Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, by best-selling author Mary Roach (dubbed "America's funniest science writer" by the WaPo) and Scientist: E. O.
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Graphic Novel Adaptations

How does an artist take the descriptions and inner lives of prose characters and translate them into pictures and poses against backgrounds? This list represents a wide range of stylistic adaptations of prose stories and poems, including manga versions of several classics. Visual elements and speech bubbles can also help developing readers comfortably navigate the text. These graphic novels are great for fresh takes on old favorites as well as gateways for new readers to get hooked.
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35 Best Book Club Picks of 2021

Book clubs are a great way to spark conversations and connect with people. After reading a really good book, I am always curious to know what other people thought of it. It is interesting to see how each person interprets a book differently and the animated discussions which follow based on how you relate to the book. 
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In Memoriam: bell hooks

The inimitable scholar, poet, critic, and activist bell hooks passed away on December 15, 2021 at the age of 69.  Celebrate the life of this groundbreaking thinker with one of her many works -- hooks wrote for all ages on topics ranging from feminism and gender to race and politics.  
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#OwnVoices: The Mistress of Spices (Book Review)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s bestselling book, The Mistress of Spices is an evocative classic; a magical, mystical tale of a clairvoyant who sells spices that can soothe your soul. The author says that she wrote this novel “in a spirit of play, collapsing the divisions between the realistic world of twentieth century America and the timeless one of myth and magic” in her “attempt to create a modern fable."

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Holiday Mental Health

The holidays aren’t always the joyful experience they’re meant to be; in fact, they can exacerbate feelings of grief, anxiety, and depression.  If you or someone you love is dealing with holiday blues this year, check out some of the titles below for helpful tips to ease the struggle.  You are not alone! If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  Help is always available.  
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Most Popular Manga of 2021

2021 was the year of the great manga shortage, but Richland County found plenty to enjoy from their local library's shelves! Data from every Richland Library location was tabulated to form the list of popular manga series below. Each series is listed by its first volume so that new readers can catch up to the hottest manga. In some cases, volumes from much later in a series ranked highly, which is a great sign that fans stuck around.
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Rory Gilmore's Reading Challenge (List #4 - Starting with 'Carrie')

☕ Take a deep dive into all the books seen and referenced on the Gilmore Girls from Season 1 to A Year in the Life.  📚 Just in time for our winter weather. So, grab your books, a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa), and bundle up by the fire. ❄️Smells Like Snow❄️ (except for SC)   Since there are 408 titles, there will be multiple lists sent out over the next few months. Enjoy!
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Rory Gilmore's Reading Challenge (List #3 - Starting with 'Bambi')

☕ Take a deep dive into all the books seen and referenced on the Gilmore Girls from Season 1 to A Year in the Life.  📚 Just in time for our winter weather. So, grab your books, a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa), and bundle up by the fire. ❄️Smells Like Snow❄️ (except for SC)   Since there are 408 titles, there will be multiple lists sent out over the next few months. Enjoy!
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All Her Little Secrets: A Book Review

Wanda M Morris’s stunning debut Mystery/Thriller 'All Her Little Secrets' published on November 2, 2021, is riveting. I cannot stop talking about this book and recommending it to my friends. As an addict of psychological suspense, I am always looking forward to the next adrenaline pumping read. This one kept me up at night, navigating its unpredictable twists and turns and I just had to finish the book in one sitting to know how the story ends.

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#OwnVoices: The City We Became - A Review

What we are, what we’re made of, is many worlds coming together. Reality and legends. This world where we’re just people, and that world, where we can be miles-wide cities that just happen to be sitting a couple of feet across from each other because the laws of space, physics, don’t work the same way.

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2021 Holiday Gifts for Upper Elementary

Children at this age are branching out into longer books.  Novels can echo their real life experiences, but they can also tell new stories, boosting their imaginations and building their empathy.  Books for tweens can be their way of fitting in or standing out.  These books can also offer comfort during this time of transition and help them discover who they might grow up to be. 
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2021 Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are primed for discovery and books are no exception. Treating books with loving care is something preschoolers are also beginning to learn.  They will take pride in their growing library when you give the gift of books. Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 
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Teen Fiction For Dormant Readers

Lifelong reading can be a rewarding habit, but some young people may not see themselves as readers. Sometimes called "dormant readers," these teens seem to read and write just fine, but they do not read books for pleasure. Fortunately for them, there are plenty of compelling stories in print, online, and audio. Below is a list of Quick Picks For Reluctant Young Adult Readers titles from the past three years of the Young Adult Library Services Association's selections.
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HiLo Teen Fiction

HiLo fiction stands for High interest, Low reading level. Most HiLo books have certain storytelling techniques in common. Their sentences and paragraphs are short, with generous line spacing. Vocabulary is fairly simple. These features make the text easy to follow. Plots are driven by action and a linear sequence of events. HiLo books are, to use a popular expression, "the books where stuff happens." They can be a building block in the development of a growing reader as well as an engaging, fast-paced read. You won't believe some of the sudden twists and turns these stories take!
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Dinner Table Talks: Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books.  This conversation focuses on the nonfiction children's biography, Buffalo Bird Girl:  A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson.  

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Manga Debuts of 2021

A lot of manga series kicked off in 2021. Pick up a new favorite across many different genres for teens and up.
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Most Popular Teen Fiction of 2021

What have been the most popular teen fiction titles of 2021? We put together data from every Richland Library location to create the following list. You might recognize some of these titles, while others may surprise you.
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New Teen Nonfiction of 2021

Teens will run the world someday, and there will be plenty for them to build, change, and maintain as they come of age. Teen nonfiction throughout 2021 instructed readers on representation and social change, including room for teen impact.
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Handmade Holidays

Is there anything better than receiving a handmade gift from someone knowing they personalized it just for you and put their time, effort and thought into it? Return the favor by creating something one-of-a-kind for someone who is one-of-a-kind.  Don't forget about the library's free maker-friendly service, Creativebug. It's full of ideas, how-tos, and inspiration for anyone from beginner crafters to the craftiest of them all. 
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2021 Teen Audio Favorites

Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s an audiobook on this list for you.  Looking for a great mystery? Try out They’ll Never Catch Us or Ace of Spades.  Want a good scare?  Check out White Smoke or The Taking of Jake Livingston.  Have your heart broken with You’ve Reached Sam, then piece it back together with It All Comes Back to You or She Drives Me Crazy.  Happy listening! 
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2021 Teen Books for Younger Readers

Check out the titles below for the same thrilling twists and turns you’ve come to love in young adult literature, with gentle romances and bold adventures.
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New Teen Books for December 2021

Hot off the presses, these titles are the very latest in YA publishing.  Read new works from Karen McManus, Renee Ahdieh, and Kiersten White, plus a debut work from Femi Fadugba that’s already set to become a Netflix film.   
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2021 Teen Award Winners

Get to know a recent award winner with this list.  Compiled from Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) award lists and the South Carolina Book Awards, these titles encapsulate the best of what young adult literature has to offer this year, and the breadth of talent among YA authors. 
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Read All About It: Indigenous and Native Picture Book Biographies

Discover the true stories and history of Indigenous and Native people of North America in these picture book titles.   Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. Find more resources on race, equity, and inclusion, here.
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Read All About It: Indigenous and Native Middle Grade & YA Biographies

Discover the true stories and history of Indigenous and Native people of North America in these titles for middle grade and teen readers.   Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. Find more resources on race, equity, and inclusion, here.
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Happy 70th I, Robot!

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov was published 70 years ago today. Celebrate with these robot reads...
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Time Travel Adventures

Take a journey with these characters and travel through time for the ultimate adventure!
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New York Times Books of the Year: Biography and Memoir

The recently released list of the New York Times notable books of 2021 includes a number of compelling biographies and memoirs you won't want to miss.  Check these titles out from our collection.
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Rory Gilmore's Reading Challenge (List #2 - Starting with 'Angela's Ashes')

☕ Take a deep dive into all the books seen and referenced on the Gilmore Girls from Season 1 to A Year in the Life.  📚 Just in time for our winter weather. So, grab your books, a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa), and bundle up by the fire. ❄️Smells Like Snow❄️ (except for SC)   Since there are 408 titles, there will be multiple lists sent out over the next few months. Enjoy!
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Expand Your Knowledge of the World

🌎Take a look at some titles that will continue to grow and challenge what you think you know about the world. Keep seeking to grow and learn more about the world you live in. These books will hopefully change how you see the world, and may encourage you to help build a better world for all (if you haven't already done so). Take a look below, and enjoy!
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Issue-Driven Teen Titles

Issue-driven and thought-provoking topics have become mainstays within contemporary teen books. Check out these selections that tackle subjects like race, gender equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, and environmentalism for titles that will inspire you to take action and stay conscious. Access even more information on these topics and other perspectives using the Gale Opposing Viewpoints database.
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New Additions to Popular Teen Series

Your favorites go on in these latest additions to popular YA series. From epic fantasy conclusions (A Vow So Bold and Deadly & The Desolations of the Devil's Acre) to anxiously awaited thriller continuations (The Hawthorne Legacy & The Box in the Woods), you won't want to miss the next books in these addictive teen series.  
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Teen Holiday Romances

Looking for some holiday spirit? Grab a mug of hot cocoa, your favorite fuzzy blanket, and curl up beneath some twinkling lights with one of these sweet, festive romances that'll have you wishing you too could be caught under the mistletoe or snowed in together with your crush. 
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Facing Difficult Family During the Holidays

The carols, commercials, and TV shows flooding the airwaves currently want us to believe that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And yet for many people reality is drastically different. Expectations are high, individuals are stressed, loved ones yell, and blame, and spread guilt. Discover some titles to help you deal with difficult people and learn a breathing technique to manage anxiety. 

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Rory Gilmore's Reading Challenge (List #1 - Starting with '1984')

☕ Take a deep dive into all the books seen and referenced on the Gilmore Girls from Season 1 to A Year in the Life.  📚 Just in time for our winter weather. So, grab your books, a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa), and bundle up by the fire. ❄️Smells Like Snow❄️ (except for SC)   Since there are 408 titles, there will be multiple lists sent out over the next few months. Enjoy!